Social Thyme
ISIL SIMSEK, founder of Social Media company, Social Thyme
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Hi Genderbuzzers, My name’s Isil Simsek. I’m a social media marketer and founder of Social Thyme. I studied Economics at university and started working at an international retail company as a buyer when I graduated. I never imagined I would start my own business one day. When I had my children, I developed an interest in Montessori education and trained as a teacher. I love teaching but for various reasons that did not work out either. It was at this point I decided to qualify as a social media marketer.

Blogging my way to success

My journey to becoming a social media professional, came through Blogging.  I had been a Blogger since 2005 and had gained a good understanding of social media. One day I was sitting in front of the computer thinking how I could turn these skills into a job, and I came across ‘Digital Mums’-an organisation that upskills mums with social media marketing. I took one of their courses, and set up Social Thyme right after graduating from Digital Mums in July 2015.

Venturing into the great Freelancing unknown

When I graduated, I was still working part time, as well as running my new business. I started out by sending cold emails to a few brands that I liked and I was lucky enough to start working with an amazing, healthy snack brand produced by a lovely woman. I worked with her for about 18 months, remotely and have actually never met her in real life!

Resigning from my previous part time job and going freelance in a new industry, was a huge step but I have never looked back. Most of my clients are small and medium sized businesses, who either don’t have the time to run their own social media channels or simply don’t know how to do it. I love helping them promote their services and products. I have worked with both B2B and B2C clients from different industries. I now work from home flexibly, around my family.  Starting out in a new industry is not easy. There have been lots of highs and lows and late nights but I guess if you love what you do, you work hard, do the hustle and make things happen!
Keeping Up to date with the latest trends
Visual marketing has become very important in the last few years and in 2017, I decided to improve my photography skills. I did courses with Makelight and have finally found the confidence to ditch auto and started shooting in manual. This year I have challenged myself to improve my video skills and I am currently doing Xanthe Berkeley‘s Make Films Course.
Why I joined the Genderbuzz Directory and listed Social Thyme
It’s been almost a year since I joined the Genderbuzz Directory. I feel privileged to be a part of this community. I know that Natasha has lots of plans to grow Genderbuzz. I look forward to connecting with you all.
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